Professional Sound Next Generation Survey Results

Professional Sound Next Generation Survey

Professional Sound surveyed pro sound professionals across the country to get their thoughts and impressions on the younger generation working in the industry as well as the schools/programs that have trained them.  Here are the results:** **

Into which of the following age grouping do you fall?

0-19                 0%

20-29               9%

30-39               18%

40-49               15%

50-59               29%

60 and over     29%

Do you currently work on a regular basis with audio professionals under the age of 30?

Yes      71%

No       29%

How optimistic/pessimistic are you about the skills, knowledge, and ambition of newcomers (under 30) to the pro sound industry?

Very optimistic                       18%

Slightly optimistic                   56%

Indifferent                              6%

Slightly pessimistic                 15%

Very pessimistic                      6%

**Generally speaking, which statement best describes your opinion of the work ethic of newcomers (age 29 and under) to the pro audio industry?     **

They have an extremely strong work ethic & desire to learn   6%

Their work ethic & desire to learn is generally good      24%

They’re about the same the generations before them   12%

Hard to say; it varies widely from person to person     44%

Many are a little lacking in work ethic & desire to learn     9%

Most are very lacking in work ethic & desire to learn       6%

Do you believe the industry would benefit from a stronger focus on educating and stimulating the younger generation of talent entering the pro sound industry through trade shows, publications, online resources, etc.?

Absolutely    71%

Possibly       21%

I don’t think it would make a difference   9%

No, the industry is doing enough   0%

Based on your own experience or through observation of the recent grads that you’ve worked with, do you feel college/university programs are doing a good job of preparing young professionals for the job?

Most schools/programs do a fine job      9%

It depends on the school/program       59%

In general, I don’t think it makes a difference  12%

Most schools/programs do a poor job     15%

I don’t know      6%

Would you ever consider enrolling an employee in a training or workshop program tailored to young professionals entering the pro sound industry?

Absolutely        32%

Possibly          56%

Probably not     12%

No        0%

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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